John Dean knows a thing or two about Presidential scandals and how to message through them. The lawyer served as a special counsel to Richard Nixon during the 1970’s. He later turned on Nixon and became a key witness during the Watergate hearings.
On Tuesday night, Dean appeared on Don Lemon’s CNN show to discuss Donald Trump and his tax returns. According to Dean, Trump seems nervous about the returns and thinks, “there could be a lot of trouble.”
Soon before the lawyers appearance it was revealed that Deutsche Bank was in possession of some of Trump returns. Sources say they show that not only does Trump pay very low income taxes, but also has Russian co-signers on some of his loans.
Dean thought that Trump should be a bit worried. He told Lemon, “There could be a lot of trouble there for Mr. Trump.” After being asked about what he thought the returns may reveal, he continued, “We don’t know. But there’s something there that makes him extremely nervous.”
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The lawyer then remarked, “He, I think, knows enough that you don’t really mess with those because you can get in serious trouble if you make substantial misrepresentations either on your financial statements or your tax returns. So that’s a dangerous area.”
MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell also weighed in on the issue, tweeting, “A source close to Deutsche Bank says Trump’s tax returns show he pays very little income tax and, more importantly, that his loans have Russian co-signers. If true, that explains every kind word Trump has ever said about Russia and Putin.”
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